Wander through the aisles of any large hardware store and you can find all sorts of materials for creating garden ornaments – you just need to view things in a new light. Here are two clever ideas for adding a unique touch to your landscape – one in sleek silver metal and another made from off-the-shelf timber.
Gather your supplies
• Metal strapping with holes
• Threaded metal rod
• Washers and nuts to fit metal rod
• 12mm bolts with nuts
• Tall cylindrical pot
• Potting mix
• Maidenhair ferns
You’ll also need
Tin snips; pliers; hacksaw
Cut 7 lengths of strapping, each containing 41 large-sized holes (metal strapping features alternating small and large holes).
Find centre hole in 1 length of strapping and thread onto metal rod. Secure with a nut either side. Bend strapping around into a circular shape back over rod, overlapping 2 large holes and securing loosely with nuts.
Repeat Step 2 with 5 more metal strips to create a sphere of strips (you will need to loosen and re-tighten top and bottom nuts as you go). Fan out strips so they are evenly spaced.
Use remaining length of metal strapping to create a belt around middle of sphere. Secure by placing 12mm bolts and nuts into every 2nd or 3rd hole, or wherever overlapping holes line up on strapping. Use hacksaw to cut off protruding rod from 1 end of sphere, leaving about 20cm at other end.
Fill tall cylindrical pot with potting mix and plant maidenhair ferns around edges. Place sculpture on top of pot, inserting protruding rod into potting mix to hold it in place.